When organizing your kitchen, choosing where each of your tools and utensils go can be a bit of a chore, especially if space is limited. If you cook frequently, you want ladles, spatulas, whisks, mixing spoons and other tools easily accessible. Keeping them in a designated vessel on your countertop, seems to be the most common solution for home cooks–using what's called a utensil crock to keep your cooking utensils upright and within reach. We think utensil crocks make preparing meals a little easier. We decided to take a look at the ones we considered the best for your kitchen. Check them out below and happy organizing!
Who doesn't love a good milkshake or smoothie? Even dairy-free eaters don't have an excuse–after all, they make dairy-free ice cream now! Milkshakes are enjoyed around the world for their frothy, creamy, cold deliciousness. What was once exclusive to diners and drive-in fast food restaurants are now found on the menus of a vast array of restaurants, ice cream shops, and candy stores. Not to mention you can enjoy a milkshake from the comfort of your own home simply by pulling your favorite store-bought ice cream out of the freezer and throwing it into a blender. But even that process has evolved with the advent of specialized handheld and upright machines designed specifically for frothing up the perfect milkshake or smoothie. We took a look at some of these nifty milkshake makers and chose a few of the best for review, check them out below!
Your stovetop after cooking bacon. Your windshield after a long road trip. Your kitchen table after a family meal. Your toilet after, well, you know. Dirt, dust, grease, and grime seem to follow us everywhere we go and make a mess out of the surfaces we use for everyday tasks. That's why every household's cleaning supply arsenal should contain a quality multi-surface cleaner that's your go to tool for wiping away messes that accumulate on countertops, tables, walls, floors, appliances, and bathroom surfaces. Spray solutions are great for more targeted surface cleaning around the house, while diluted solutions from concentrate are great for floors, walls, and cars. A few things to look for in a multi-surface cleaner include germ-killing ability, grease dissolving ability, scent, and whether or not it's made of natural or chemical ingredients. The options are seemingly endless, but ultimately choosing a multi-surface cleaner comes down to preference. To help you narrow down your choice, we took a look at some of the options on the market and chose a few of the best–check them out below.
The days of brown bag lunches and the excess waste they create, are over. If you pack your kid's lunch every school day, it makes sense to have something that you can reuse over and over again, sustainably. Plus, a kid should be able to express themselves at every chance they get, from their clothes down to their backpack and even the container that holds their lunch. Whether it's hard shell or soft, solid colored or patterned, single compartment or sectioned, every kid should have a quality lunchbox. Not sure where to begin? Take a look below at some of the best lunch boxes for kids we found on our search.
Coffee drinkers are often incredibly enthusiastic about their favorite morning beverage. Many coffee drinkers only drink one brand or only blend with one type of milk. In essence, they like what they like. Then on the other end of the spectrum, there are people who only drink iced coffee. But iced coffee has evolved over time. What was once merely hot coffee brought down to room temperature with ice added has evolved into a whole process of "brewing" coffee under refrigeration for extended periods of time. Making cold brew is similar to making iced tea, in that it involves more of an infusion process over time as opposed to the heat-extraction process undergone with regular, hot coffee. Now, it's easier than ever with the variety of products that exist specifically for making individual portions of cold brew using only your favorite ground coffee, water, and your refrigerator. We checked out some of the cold brew makers out there and picked out a few of the best for you to consider.
The ubiquitous salad tongs, a staple in the utensil drawer of many a kitchen. Typically, they look like a large spoon and large fork that have been conjoined together at the center of the handle, making it easy to grip, scoop and serve both leafy greens and chunkier toppings from a serving bowl and onto individual plates. The invention made it a little more convenient than needing to use two separate utensils and both hands for serving. While the design hasn't changed much, other iterations have continued to evolve into more compact claw-like mechanisms and single handed scooping devices that both free up drawer space and make it even quicker and easier to individually portion out servings of salads and other shared foods. Whether you're a traditionalist or love innovative kitchen gadgets, the options are endless when it comes to salad servers. We sorted through a bunch of servers and compiled an overview of some of the best.
Despite being a relatively straightforward process, canning does involve a bit of science and takes technique to master. That's why avid canners ensure they're using all the tricks of the trade available to them to ensure safe and effective results for every batch of vegetables, fruits, and sauces they can. When it comes to safety, the last thing you want is to be working with boiling liquids and delicate glass, only to have it explode all over your kitchen and potentially cause injury. And when it comes to effectiveness, you defeat the purpose of canning if only a fraction of the contents of your jars achieve the necessary level of heat transfer–as this can cause a tainted finished product. That's part of the reason why canning racks exist. In essence, a canning rack ensures that the bottoms of your jars are slightly elevated as to not be too close to the heating element of your stovetop. It's also to ensure that the boiling water itself is able to come into contact with all surfaces of the jar, without entering the jar itself. So whether you're new to canning or are looking to trade-in your homemade rack for something designed for the job, a canning rack is a must-have for your at-home canning set. We took a look at a few options and put together a list of what we considered to be the best.
Canning, freezing, dehydrating, baking, making jams, jellies, preserves, and tapenades–all things that require prep work with the ingredients being used, first. Stone fruits especially require some management, as their hard pits have to be extracted before using the fleshy exterior of the fruit–the same is true for olives. Pit removal can be done with a paring knife, but it's both time consuming and potentially dangerous. Thankfully, tools exist to make quick work out of pitting cherries, olives, and other pitted delights. So the next time you're in the mood to make a homemade cherry pie or whip together some olive tapenade, consider adding a pitter to your arsenal of kitchen tools. Not sure where to start? Check out some of the best–and easiest to use–pitters we could find below.
Chances are you've gone to a restaurant, reluctantly ordered dessert with an already full belly, and been presented with an individual serving of dessert in perfect symmetry, as though the cake, custard, or mousse was made specifically for you. Restaurant pastry chefs achieve these perfect shapes with the right tools–namely cake rings. Cake rings are multifunctional tools that allow you to shape, bake, refrigerate, or freeze perfectly circular desserts directly within the ring, use the ring for layering wet ingredients, or making an individual cake. If you're a baker, you know you can't live without one. If you're a home chef of any sort, you'll find more reasons to pull a cake ring out of your cabinet than you can currently realize. Whenever you're ready to form some rings of your favorite sweet and savory treats, check out some of the best cake rings we could find.
Coffee, the nectar of the gods. At least, for many people around the world it is. But what better way is there to spruce coffee up at a Sunday brunch–or any day, really–than with a dash of Irish liquor? Regardless of how 'Irish' it really is, Irish coffee is a drink found in restaurants and bars around the world. It's typically served in a clear, glass mug with a squat stem and sturdy round base. They're designed to show off the layering of the coffee and cream that's easily managed and perfect for drinking–or carrying to and fro–straight from the bar. So, regardless of where or how you take your Irish coffee, it serves you right to drink it from its intended vessel. Not sure where to start your search? We put together a list of what we found to be some of the best Irish coffee classes available that you can check out here.
As humans, we love inventing things as much as we like designating those inventions to single purposes. As is the case with the iced tea glass, which was designed to show off the color and aesthetic of the ice cubes and tea inside perfectly portioned glassware. They became popular in the 50s and 60s as the drink itself became increasingly prominent. But whether you fill it with iced tea, juice, sangria, or water, iced tea glasses have become a staple in many modern homes and restaurants. We decided to take a look at a few modern iced tea glasses and see what all the fuss was about. Compiled below is our selection of some of the best options available. Cheers!
Humans have been using a variety of techniques to preserve fresh food for millennia. Once upon a time, the only way to preserve something was to use copious amounts of salt. Long before refrigeration and easy access to ice existed, people started using pots, jars, and–eventually–cans to allow ingredients to last long after the harvest season. Though canning is a relatively simple science, it does take a lot of technique and practice to perfect. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to learn and modern technology has made the art of canning accessible to anyone looking to connect with their roots or make the most out of their own garden harvest–whether for necessity or want. In our quest to learn about the canning process, we tested some canning kits and compiled a list of what we considered to be the best options available. Check them out here.
Whether you're meal prepping for the week or packing your kid's lunch the night before school, having the right containers for storage and transport is just as important as the meal itself. Sure, you might have a hodgepodge mix of leftover takeout containers to use–but those are hardly as sturdy or compact as you need them to be. Ideally, a good box lunch container should be suitable for both wet and dry foods, contain compartments to separate mains from sides, be microwave safe, sturdy enough to withstand the commute to the communal office fridge or kid's locker, and compact enough to fit into a standard lunchbox or cooler bag. While we can't all live in an ideal world, there are a few happy mediums. So we put a few box lunch containers to the test and found a few of the best available. Check them out below.
Chef's pans are a thing, in the same vein that sauté pans, stock pots, and skillets are their own breed of pan. A chef's pan is basically a hybrid of a sauté pan and a large skillet, typically with rounded sides and a large handle designed for easy transfer from stovetop to oven. While the chef's pans available in stores or online may differ from what a professional chef would use, they are available for home use. So if you're looking to refine your home cooking chops and have a multipurpose pan you can use for a variety of recipes to feed your family, a quality chef’s pan should be one of the go-to pans you pull from the cabinet.
An ingredient virtually everyone on planet earth will recognize and has likely eaten, pasta has been around for centuries. Though most people associate pasta with Italian cooking, it's likely pre-dated by the noodles used in Asian cuisine. Regardless, pasta is a dish with humble roots that's evolved into countless varieties, shapes, flavors, and iterations. At its core, pasta is made from mixing flour with water or eggs that’s formed into a dough and cut into various shapes. While this was done by hand for years, as technology has advanced so have the methods used to make a variety of pasta. While your favorite hometown Italian restaurant may boast "handmade" pasta, chances are they have a machine or two in their kitchen helping with some of the labor. And if you're a pasta aficionado, you can have one too! We went on a search for the best electric pasta makers and boiled them down to three of our favorites–check them out below.
Walk into any good bar or restaurant and order a drink, and the first place your bartender reaches is probably above his/her head. Why? Because that's where the glasses are. Not only is it more convenient to store glasses in an elevated space, but also it's also safer, more sanitary, and reduces clutter around the bar top and workstations. Not to mention, it provides a certain aesthetic that shows off the selection of glassware and allows the lights of the room to bounce around and draw your eyes in. While your kitchen cabinets and living room hutch may be a perfectly adequate place to keep your stemware, you can also model what the professionals do and keep them within reach and on display right beneath your countertops or shelves around your kitchen.
Any good chef knows that a sharp knife is a safe knife. The same is true for hunting, fishing, and everyday carry. The best tools are typically the ones that are properly cared for. These allow you to safely and effectively tackle the job at hand. In the knife world, German and Japanese steel knives are known for their superior strength, sharpness, and performance. But at the end of the day, even the lowest-quality steels–when properly sharpened–can perform just as well. So, whether you're slicing paper-thin tomatoes, boning a whole chicken, fileting a freshly-caught fish, skinning a deer, or simply cleaning up around the house, a good knife sharpener is as important as the blade itself. We decided to put a few knife sharpeners to the test and found a few front-runners. Check them out here.
From large spheres and perfect cubes to unique shapes that liven things up, many cocktails are best enjoyed with the proper ice to liquid ratio. If you've ever been to an upscale craft cocktail bar, you've seen this theory in practice when the bartender pulls out unusually large cubes or spheres of ice that seem to fill up the entire rocks glass. That's because the problem with traditional ice cubes–whether straight from your freezer or an industrial ice machine–is they're usually lacking in surface area and small enough to melt quickly, thus diluting the contents of your drink. Larger ice molds that create spheres, cubes, and other shapes have more surface area and density, so they retain their shape and temperature for longer, making them the perfect companion for many drinks. So, if you want to take your at-home cocktail making game up a notch, it makes sense to have a quality ice mold ready in your freezer for creating impressive, bar-quality drinks anytime. Check out our favorites below.
Soft-boiled eggs–you either love them or hate them. For many, it's the ultimate way to enjoy an egg that’s not too hard and not too soft. The problem with soft-boiled eggs is that they can be more difficult to peel than a hard-boiled egg, meaning it's easy to destroy the egg's overall structural integrity. So, if you're looking to enjoy more of your eggs from the plate and throw less in the trash, an egg topper can make enjoying soft-boiled eggs a little more enjoyable. Egg toppers are simple tools that typically use a spring-triggered set of blades to cut through the shell and remove the top of the white to expose the soft, yolky interior. Not sure where to start in your search? Take a look at some of the best egg toppers we've tested and approved as our favorites!
The keto (short for ketogenic) diet has become one of the most popular dietary lifestyles in recent years. It focuses on consuming a diet that's high in fat, low in carbs, and adequate in protein. The diet enables the body to burn fat as a source of fuel via the process of ketosis, instead of the 'normal' way of using carbohydrates as an energy source. Thus, snacking can be a little tricky on a keto diet in one's effort to limit the intake of carbs. But like with any diet, modern science and clever nutritionists have collaborated to make tasty options out of limited ingredients designed for keto eaters. We decided to taste-test some keto-friendly snacks and put together a list of some of our favorites. Read on to discover some treats you’ll likely love!
From planting flowers to side tables; reclaimed barrels provide a rustic way to recycle the very vessels responsible for producing some of our favorite wines and whiskeys. After all, why should something with such visually-appealing and expertly-created craftsmanship go to waste after it's done it's intended job. With their distressed oak wood finish and accent hardware, barrels can be repurposed into tabletops, foyer centerpieces, planter boxes, and even rain-catch tanks–the application is nearly unlimited. So the next time you're looking to add a conversation piece to your home décor, consider repurposing a reclaimed barrel–or at least something that looks like one. Not sure where to begin your search? Check out some of the best options we could find.
Some of the most beloved food and beverages around the world undergo a process of fermentation. From kimchi and sauerkraut to beer and cider, that delicious taste we crave comes when starches and sugars are converted into alcohol through fermentation. When it comes to home brewing, fermentation is the final step to yielding a tasty beer, cider, mead, wine or kombucha. While your choice of yeast and the ability to let gravity do its work are important pieces of the puzzle, so is the vessel you choose for the process. If you're looking to make sure your next batch of homebrew comes out as close to professional quality as possible, you'll need the right equipment. To help ensure that result, we took a look at some of the best fermenters available and put them to the test to help you decide which is the best one for your set up.
What makes chips, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, eggs, and dozens of other foods even better? Guacamole. At its essence, guacamole is an avocado-based dip that dates back over 500 years to the Aztecs in the Yucatan peninsula. Avocados can be mixed with lime juice, cilantro, diced tomatoes, salt, and an endless variety of ingredients in either chunky or smooth textures. If you love guacamole, it's good on just about anything. If you don't–well–this isn't the conversation for you. But like anything that can be made in a variety of ways, many people prefer their own recipe to anything that can be bought in a store or served in a restaurant. So, if you’re looking to take your guacamole-making game up a notch, you should have a designated vessel for the occasion. We decided to take a look at some guacamole bowls and compile our selection of what we consider to be the best options available. Have a look now!
One of the most creative places in the cook's kitchens is the spice pantry. If you like to cook and put meals on the table regularly, chances are you know how spices and seasonings add that special flavor to foods. Keeping spices organized and accessible is a tricky job, but one that’s important to completing your prep work and ensuring your meals taste amazing. That's why having the right spice rack in your kitchen can not only help you stay more organized–but make cooking a little easier, too. If you're ready to take your cluttered spice pantry and move them to a designated space to stay organized and accessible, check out some of the best spice racks we could find for the job.
Have you ever noticed that when you go clothes shopping, everything on the racks and tables is always neatly folded and wrinkle-free. There's a reason for that, employees of clothing stores steam clothes so they are fresh and wrinkle free.Steaming is a fast, effective, and relatively effortless way to take the wrinkles out of clothing. Thus, steamers are handy devices to keep in your home if keeping your clothes neat and tidy is important to your wardrobe. Not sure where to start in your search? Check out some of these steamer options we found and consider to be among the best.
Most people think of fondue and think of either chocolate covered berries or cheese-dipped savories, but fondue can be so much more, and it can be done from the comfort of your home. At its essence, fondue is a dish that involves dipping small pieces of food into a hot cooking medium. What that food and medium are is entirely left up to the imagination. The food could be berries, chunks of cake, pieces of meat, or vegetables. The hot medium could be chocolate, cheese, oil, or broth. So if you're looking to expand your culinary pallet and enjoy the food sharing experience that is fondue, why not have your own fondue making set you can pull out of the pantry any time you have a party? Not sure where to start? We sorted through quite a few options and 'melted down' (see what we did there?) some of what we consider the best fondue sets.
Measuring spoons allow you to accurately follow recipes and reduce errors that could result in over/under seasoned dishes or baked goods that fail to rise. Measuring spoons are a must-have in the kitchen. When it comes to often finicky ingredients like baking soda and baking powder, you never want to eyeball your measurements–doing so could ruin the whole outcome. The same is true with powerful spices like chili powder and curry, where a little bit goes a long way and too much can make a dish unpalatable. When following a recipe, your best bet is to adhere to the measurements that are laid out for you. That’s why it's important to have a good set of measuring spoons in your kitchen drawer at all times. Just in case you don't, we went ahead and checked out some of the tablespoon options available and sorted through until we found the best.
Who says your favorite baked goods can't take on a shape of their own? Whether it's square-edged polygons, numbers and letters, or cartoon characters, cookie cutters allow you to transform the shapes of cookies, pancakes, brownies, and pastries into designs that make them more fun on the table and more fun to eat. We decided to take a look at some of the cookie cutter options available and put together our list of what we considered to be the best. Check them out below, and happy baking!
If you're like most home cooks, you were probably brought up thinking that all you needed was a pot, a pan, and a spatula to cook just about every meal. This is especially true if you went away to college and spent four years doing just that–thanks to donations from your mom. But step foot in a professional kitchen and you'll find out you couldn't have been more wrong. Everything you've ever ordered in a restaurant–even if it was takeout–was cooked using tools that had specific jobs to do. Eggs, sauces, stir fry, steaks, and everything in between are cooked in their own special vessel, and the tools used to stir, mix, flip, and serve them are all unique. If you want to impress anyone who sits down at your dining room table, get better results with your cooking, and feel a bit more confident when it comes to your cooking savvy, having the right equipment at your disposal is critical. So, we've sorted through some of the best specialty cookware available–many of them available in sets–so the next time you cook just about anything, you've got the right tool for the job.
Sure, you can grate cheese, chocolate, carrots, and potatoes on the ubiquitous box grater found in most kitchens. But aside from choosing how big or small you want your pieces to be, the versatility ends there. You want thin slices? You need a different tool for that. Want to make noodles out of a zucchini? You need a different tool for that, too. And while having a specialty tool to help you yield your desired result always helps, there's something to be said for multi-tools that can help you perform restaurant-quality grates, peels, and slices all in one device. So the next time you're following a recipe that requires razor thin slices of radish, ultra-fin grated garlic, or spiraled ribbons of carrot, instead of merely hoping you have the right tools for the job, wouldn't it be better to know you can pull out a single tool that performs all the jobs? We thought so, too. Take a look at some of the best graters, peelers, and slicers we found in our search for the best kitchen gadgets. We’ve compiled our favorites below.
It doesn’t always make sense to stack plates on top of one another in your kitchen cabinet. You might have a mismatched set that doesn't allow for tidy stacking, or the dimensions of your cabinets may not compensate for larger dinner plates alongside your bowls and other vessels. Perhaps your plates are so beautiful, you simply want to keep them on display, not hidden away inside a cabinet. Vertical plate holders do more than give you a way to store and organize the very surfaces you eat your daily meals on. They provide unique display pieces and even ways to allow your plates to dry after a hand washing or pulling from the dishwasher. Regardless of your preference, vertical plate holders give you options. So, we tested a few and deemed what we consider to be some of the best vertical plate holder options available today. Continue on to discover our top picks!
Imagine the scenario: you move into a new place, invite a few guests over for an informal housewarming party, and have a variety of veggies, charcuterie, cheeses, and antipastos in the fridge – all ready for serving. Then you look in your kitchen cabinet and realize all you have are standard-sized dinner plates and salad bowls. Not ideal, right? So, if you're the type of person to host a gathering, big or small, it's a must to ensure you have the appropriate serving dishes, trays, and platters to make your finger foods more presentable and accessible. We did some digging, and our testers came up with some of the best options to help make sure you never commit that all-too-common serving faux pas of not having the right tools for the job. Read on to see our favorites on the market right now!
Whether your guilty pleasure is frosted cake, cheese cake, apple pie, pumpkin pie, icebox pie, or anything in between, the way it looks is just as important as the way it tastes. For whatever reason, we make pies in circular dishes and expect a perfectly triangular piece upon serving. The same is true for cakes, you either prefer a corner piece or centerpiece, but you expect it to be a perfect square on your plate. But cakes and pies are so delicate, you simply can't expect to achieve that beautifully presented serving piece with a butter knife. You need the right tools for cutting and serving ideal slices. You don't need to be a professional baker to reserve room in your kitchen for a cake serving tool. Any home baker or chef will realize the multipurpose functionality of these utensils that are also perfect for serving savory pies, casseroles, and a myriad of other dishes that require a certain cuts for perfect presentation. So, we're offering up our favorites on the market right now. Happy shopping!
Furnishing your home–both indoors and outside–is all about blending style and comfort. Many dining chair sets, desk chairs, and outdoor seats come without one of those much-needed factors–comfort. Plain wood and industrial metal seats are often visually appealing, but they lack the comfort feature of including built-in cushions. So, the next time you can't resist those antique chairs from the thrift store or you find a bargain for an outdoor bench at a yard sale, make sure you enhance both the look and comfort factor by snagging some quality chair pads. We've compiled a selection of some of the best and most comfy chair pads to make the process a little easier for you.
You either have a green thumb, or you don’t. But like any hobbyist, gardeners often feel they need every tool and accessory designed to make planting and harvesting a bit more convenient and even effective. When it comes to planting in pots, there are few things worse than a pot with no drainage. But worse yet is the pot that leaks its murky, wet contents onto your patio, deck, or living room floor. While many plant pots come with built-in or matching saucers to catch excess draining, some don’t or otherwise fail the test of time. Ready to make sure your new favorite houseplant doesn't ruin your floors? Want to ensure your outdoor tomatoes and herbs don’t leak onto the porch? Check out some of these great plant saucers we found that get the job done–and help save your floors and furniture in the process.
Sometimes the best things in life come in small packages. Often, they're things you don't necessarily need, but once you have them in your home, you find they're things you can't believe you've lived without for so long. These are the products you see on TV infomercials that often warrant the reaction, "I wish I had thought of that." Small appliances are designed to make life just a little bit easier. From tortilla warmers to sandwich makers and everything in between, these products are typically designed to do one thing and do it well–and to make it fun and all the more convenient in the process. We've sorted through and found some of our favorite small appliances on the market. Check them out below!
When's the best time to eat cereal? All the time! Whether breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late night snack, kids and kids at heart have been enjoying a plethora of cereal options for decades. Whether you opt for healthy and nutritious or sweet and indulgent, there's a variety of cereal for everyone. And alongside reaching for your favorite cereal box in the pantry, most cereal eaters have their go-to cereal bowl as a vessel to enjoy the perfect portion topped with their milk and even fruit of choice. But the 'right' amount of cereal–and the size of the bowl–is usually the 'right' amount of salad, soup, and dessert too. That's why no kitchenware set is complete without quality cereal bowls in the cabinet. Whether your style is clean and white or colorful and playful, we've tested a few options to make sure the next time you dig into your favorite snack, you've got the right bowl for the job. Have a look at our top picks below.
If you've ever been to a fancy restaurant, you were most likely seated at a table with more plates, glasses and silverware than you're typically familiar with, each with an intended purpose for the meal. Similarly, modern home kitchens have evolved to include more than just dinner plates, cereal bowls, and standard-sized cutlery. When it comes to hosting dinner parties or simply having options when it comes to snacktime, having an assortment of kitchenware is increasingly common for families and home chefs. Appetizer plates are a staple in kitchen cabinets alongside standard dinner plates, for serving salads, fruit, cheeses, desserts and much more. Smaller appetizer plates mean better aesthetics and overall functionality for the times when you don't need the excess size of a dinner plate. Ready to upgrade your kitchen for your next soirée? Check out some of these appetizer plates.
Most modern kitchens have a utensil drawer filled with a hodgepodge of different spoons of various sizes. What often starts as a set quickly gets filled up with items left behind by guests, picked up at yard sales, and must-have spoons for a variety of specific tasks, such as sugar spoons. The sugar spoon is actually a versatile utensil that frequently comes in handy. Much smaller than the average spoon, sugar spoons were originally designed for scooping dollops of sugar out of designated bowls for adding to coffee, tea, baking mixes, etc. But sugar spoons are equally great for spice boxes, adding salt to recipes, serving garnishes, and a variety of other recipe additions where a little bit goes a long way. There are lots of unique designs available. Check out some of these great sugar spoon options we found to help shape up your utensil drawer.
Once upon a time, to get a cold, refreshing draught beer, you’d have to go to your favorite bar and see what they had on tap. These days, more and more people have jumped on the bandwagon of keeping their own kegs of beer at home, both for everyday refreshment and for catering to parties and larger gatherings. Thankfully, there's a device for that: the kegerator. As the name implies, a kegerator is a refrigerator specifically designed for a keg. Kegerators are usually just the right size to contain a single keg of beer and feature a built-in tap at the top for pouring beer right from the refrigerator or kegerator. Ready to take the backyard bar up a notch? Check out some of these great kegerators we found.
Say goodbye to wood and plastic toothpicks that leave gaping holes in an otherwise beautiful cake. Sure, a simple skewer could do the trick. But if you're a baker, a real baker, who demands only the best gadgets in your arsenal—and by best gadgets, we mean every gadget—when it comes to making sure that the dough is set perfectly and the cake is baked to perfection, then you must have a designated cake tester. And you might be thinking, why do I need a metal stick specifically for testing to make sure my cakes are set? The answer is: why not? Redundant? Maybe. Nice to have? Sure. And for the baker who has everything? Yes, a high-quality cake tester that won’t damage the look of the finished product is a great tool to have at your disposal. Check out some of these top cake testers.
Traditionally, restaurants and diners would serve coffee or tea alongside a bowl of sugar cubes accompanied by a small set of silver tongs. Today, sugar tongs are more commonly found in fine British tea houses and other traditional establishments that celebrate the ritual details of after-dinner drinks. Sugar tongs add a touch of sophistication to preparing tea and coffee, and they still have a beloved place in restaurants, cafes, and home kitchens that enjoy the finer things and appreciate tradition. Sugar tongs are intended for exactly what their name implies: grabbing sugar cubes. Next time you throw a tea party or want to impress guests with after-dinner coffee, ditch the sugar shaker and get yourself a dainty bowl, sugar cubes, and a nice pair of sugar tongs. We've compiled a list of some of the best options available.
Traditionally designed for serving after-dinner liqueurs, cordial glasses add an elegant touch to any fine dining experience. Their small size is intended for drinks served up neat, meaning only the liqueur itself is consumed straight, without ice or mixers. The limited quantity of the drink is supposed to enhance the overall quality of the drink, as is the fact that the fine glass or crystal is intended to enhance the flavor. So whether you're serving after-dinner cordials or simply want a daintily-sized and aesthetically-pleasing vessel to serve a variety of beverages, cordial glasses are a sophisticated inclusion to any china cabinet. No idea where to get started when choosing a set of cordial glasses to impress your next dinner guest? Check out some of these great options we found.
Popcorn has been enjoyed for ages, both as an at-home snack and a movie theatre staple. Microwavable packets have made it more convenient for home popcorn making and industrial machines allow theaters and large venues to produce popcorn in large quantities, but nothing beats making popcorn the old-fashioned way. Popping popcorn typically provides multiple preparation options for the consumer, as most can be cooked in either the microwave or on the stovetop. If you're feeling adventurous, popping popcorn can also be cooked over a campfire or in a large kettle for a different flavor profile. Regardless of how you make it, traditional popping popcorn gives you more control in the cooking process and allows for more options when it comes to flavor. If you're ready to ditch the microwave packet, check out some of these popping popcorn options to take your favorite snack up a notch.
Chocolate is a staple in most households, but not everyone knows that Cacao undergoes a long journey from the tree to the finished product. Cacao nibs are an increasingly popular "superfood" that consist of pieces of the cacao bean that have been fermented, dried, and roasted. cacao nibs aren't exactly sweet, as no sugar has been added, but they are packed with natural chocolatey flavor and are full of antioxidants and high in vitamins. Thus, they're great to have on hand for purposes of baking, creating chocolatey condiments, natural hot chocolate, smoothies, or homemade candy. You can snack on them like you would nuts or incorporate them into your own homemade trail mix. Not sure where to get started adding cacao nibs to your diet? Check out some highly-recommended options we put together for you here.
Whether you're making homemade from pizza from scratch, pulling your favorite frozen pizza out of the oven, or your recent pizza delivery wasn't cut properly, having a quality pizza cutter is a nice thing to have in your kitchen drawer. Designed to create clean slices and cut through even the thickest of crusts, pizza cutters come in all shapes, sizes and designs. Whether you prefer your pizza with large, foldable slices, evenly cut traditional slices for sharing, or squared, smaller cuts, a good pizza cutter allows you to have control on how you serve and share your favorite pizza. Not sure what to look for when adding a pizza cutter to your kitchen tool set? Check out some of these great options we found for pizza lovers.
Who doesn't love a good taco? Whether soft shell, hard shell, corn tortilla or flour, everyone's got their favorite filling and toppings. And there's nothing cooler than going to a restaurant and having your tacos delivered to you in a stand designed to keep them upright and ready to bite into. After all, you eat with your eyes before your mouth. Fortunately, those same taco holders can become a staple in your own kitchen when it comes time to serve your next family taco dinner. Some are designed to be strictly functional, while others have stylish flairs and themes. Ready to take your taco serving game up a notch? Check out some of the best taco holders we could find below.
Kitchen colanders, also called strainers, have come a long way in recent years. What was once a product you'd only find made of steel or cheap plastic now comes in a variety of sizes, styles, and long-lasting materials, like silicone. But not all colanders are created equal. Some only offer drainage from the bottom, while others have holes throughout the container. Some colanders are designed for smaller jobs, while others are larger and more multi-functioning. Choosing the kitchen colander that's right for you all depends on your cooking style, skill level, and how much storage space you have in your cabinets. We've compiled a handful of excellent options to help you decide which colander is best for you and your needs.
One of the most popular gifts for new homeowners and for first-purchases of new apartments and condos is the kitchen knife set. It comes complete with a chef's knife, serrated bread knife, steak knives, and maybe a pair of good scissors. But what about that steel rod that comes with the block? That's the honing steel, a crucial component in any quality knife set that is usually the one kitchen tool a lot of home chefs have no idea how to use. But a quality kitchen knife is only as good as the sharpness of its steel. The purpose of the honing steel, while not to actually sharpen the blade, is to retain each knife's edge without stripping away much metal (which standalone sharpeners are designed to do). In case your knife set didn't come with one, or you're looking for a quality replacement, here are a few great honing steel options to consider. Read on to discover our top picks!
Though enjoyed in cultures around the world, there's no food more distinctly American than the hot dog. A staple at backyard cookouts, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations, hot dogs are easy to prepare and can be topped with a variety of condiments to turn a relatively basic food product into delicious, customizable cuisine. Since the meat product in hot dogs is already pre-cooked, "cooking" a hotdog doesn't take much. But gone are the days of sticking them in the microwave. There are a variety hot dog cooking machines that allow for both a juicier, tastier end-result. They also let you cook larger quantities all at once. Looking to impress at your next cookout or party? Check out some of our favorite hot dog cookers below.
In the past few years, homebrewing as a hobby has steadily grown in popularity. Whether creating non-alcoholic kombucha or a diverse selection of beers, with the right kit and ingredients you can make and enjoy your very own beverages in the comfort of your own home, garage, or backyard. While it can seem intimidating to make your own home brew, it actually only takes a handful of supplies and the right blend of ingredients to successfully bottle your first batch. With a homebrewing starter set and a little bit of time, you can start making quality ales, lagers, stouts, or even kombuchas that will rival that of your favorite hometown brewery. Interested in playing the "mad scientist" and impressing your friends at the next BBQ? Check out some of the best homebrewing starter sets to get started today.
It's one of those things you either love or you hate: hot sauce. For spicy food lovers, it's a condiment for just about anything. Whether on top of your eggs in the morning, on a sandwich for lunch, or steak, chicken, and veggies at dinner, hot sauce has a place in the fridge and as a complement to your meal. The only downside is that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of varieties to choose from. There are the grocery store staples you can find just about everywhere, while an increasing number of restaurants and independent companies are bottling their own unique mixtures. Whatever your preference, we've narrowed down some of the best hot sauces for you to try on your next meal. Read further to discover our favorites!
Whipped cream is a tasty, sweet treat found atop many desserts and coffee drinks. Though commonly found in dispensers at the grocery store, nothing beats home whipped cream, which doesn't contain extra preservatives or potentially harmful ingredients. Making whipped cream at home can be done by hand or with traditional hand or countertop mixers, but nothing beats the effectiveness or nostalgic sound of freshly whipped cream from a dedicated dispenser. It's not just whipped cream that you can make with a dispenser, you can also create aerated sauces, soups, infused liquors, and a variety of other modern gastronomical delights. Not sure where to get started making your own homemade creams? Check out some of these easy-to-use options below.